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Paid Sick Leave in San Francisco, Before and After the Fight to Pass It

“I thought the sick day ordinance could become an excuse for my servers or other employees to call in sick at the last minute and leave shifts unstaffed,” said a San Francisco restaurant owner. “Turns out, that hasn’t been a problem at all.”

“I thought the sick day ordinance could become an excuse for my servers or other employees to call in sick at the last minute and leave shifts unstaffed,” said a San Francisco restaurant owner. “Turns out, that hasn’t been a problem at all.”

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‘We Have a Deal’: Paid Sick Days Will Be Law in NYC

At a press conference that at times became a raucous rally—members of Make the Road New York and New York Communities for Change could be heard chanting “Si se pudo!” (yes we could), for example—Quinn and Gale Brewer, the bill's sponsor, addressed the crowd and provided details of the bill.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn gave in to relentless pressure from unions, community groups, and the Working Families Party and agreed to pass a bill that will ensure that almost no New Yorker can be fired for taking a day off due to illness.

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Will Justice Kennedy Be Responsible for Marriage Equality Going the Way of Abortion Access?

As a likely swing vote in the upcoming marriage equality cases, Justice Kennedy may push the issue back to the states.

As a likely swing vote in the upcoming marriage equality cases, Justice Kennedy may push the issue back to the states.

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Domestic Workers’ Activism On the Rise in Georgia and Illinois

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Organizing in Georgia and Illinois shows that the domestic workers’ movement is not exclusive to predictable blue states.

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New York City Council Holds Paid Sick Days Hearing, But Mayoral Hopeful Quinn Barely Shows

sick woman in bed

Christine Quinn’s silence was notable because she is widely perceived to be the only obstacle standing between the bill and its passage.

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How Did Emergency Contraception Get Excluded From VAWA?

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By all accounts, the women’s rights advocates who fought to reauthorize VAWA never made EC a priority.

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Backlash Against NYC Teen Pregnancy Campaign Brings Tweaks, But Message Remains the Same

NYC HRA teen pregnancy ads

In the campaign’s SMS exchange about Anaya, the pregnant teen character who is bullied at the prom, she is no longer called a “fat loser”—now she’s just called a “loser.” Progress?

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70 & Pregnant: Why a TLC Show Made Me Reconsider How I Feel About Older Parents

I have always scoffed at those (men and women) who have children in their 50s or 60s. It seemed unbelievably unfair to the child who had a much higher chance of being orphaned before adulthood or worse spending their childhood taking care of elderly parents.  But a special on TLC (home of Honey Boo Boo and Toddlers in Tiaras) actually made me question my preconceived notions.

I have always scoffed at those (men and women) who have children in their fifties and sixties.  And then I watched 70 & Pregnant.

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Sexual Health Roundup: An App to Diagnose STDs, No Condoms as Evidence in D.C., and No Sex Ed for Utah Parents

Think you might have an STD? There's an app for that. Plus more sexual health news from the past week.

Think you might have an STD? There’s an app for that. Plus more sexual health news from the past week.

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Ending Violence Against Women Shouldn’t Be Controversial—But it Is

Flags outside the United Nations building in New York City.

One week into the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting, it seems possible that the negotiations will once again end at an impasse.

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